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It is with great honor that I serve the community as Principal at Lawndale High School. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the Centinela Valley Union High School District and further support its drive toward ensuring that students dedicate themselves to attain the academic skills and knowledge required to pursue higher education and to function effectively in the business world, and leading students to set personal goals, foster respect for themselves and others, become self-actualized, and make a positive contribution to the community, the nation, and the world. I am enthusiastic to contribute my knowledge to the Lawndale program and curriculum in order to maximize the student learning experience.


Through my administrative experiences serving as Associate Principal of Leuzinger High School, as well as Vice Principal and Director of Athletics for Mira Costa High School, I have demonstrated outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and an exceptional capacity to multitask. I am a strong leader who maintains high expectations for students and staff alike while sustaining visibility and accessibility. My eighteen years serving as an educational leader for Marymount College and for the Centinela Valley, Long Beach, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and Manhattan Beach School Districts have prepared me well with experience in all areas of school operations including curriculum development, instructional evaluation, master scheduling, teacher mentoring and staff development, special education requirements, testing preparation, and promoting a safe environment.


An avid athlete who competed in four sports during high school, I originally entered college on a volleyball scholarship to Regis College in Denver, Colorado. After a career ending injury during my rookie season, I returned home to complete my Associate of Liberal Arts degree at Marymount College of Palos Verdes. From there I matriculated to California State University Long Beach where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Medical Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry. Immediately following college, I worked in the biotechnology industry briefly before being drawn to work in the classroom. I earned my California Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in Biological Science and Health Science, as well as a Master of Arts in Multicultural Education from California State University Dominguez Hills. After nine years in the classroom, I returned to California State University Dominguez Hills to obtain my Administrative Services Credential. I completed my dissertation in the Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy Program at Pepperdine University where I focused my research on teacher preparation programs for adolescent learners. I am supported in all of my endeavors by my wonderfully strong family: my amazing parents Tom and Stephanie; my husband Eric; my son Nicholas;  my son Anthony, his wife Lexee, and my grandaiughter Piper; my step-children Erica, Gracie, Rebecca, and Abel; my five step-grandchildren Allissia, James, Savannah, Berlin, and Baylee; and our family cats Toulouse and Mewsette.